Domestic violence is a serious criminal charge that the police and prosecutors approach much differently than most offenses. If you have been accused of domestic violence, it is imperative you contact a Carlsbad criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible in order to protect your rights. In the meantime, here are a few common questions asked by those accused of domestic abuse.
What Qualifies as Domestic Violence?
Any persons involved in a sexual or romantic relationship can be charged with domestic violence if one of the partners physically harms the other.
Are Only Married Men Accused of Domestic Violence?
No. Domestic violence can be committed by men or women and partners do not need to be married or even currently involved with one another for domestic violence charges to be filed. If you had an intimate relationship with someone, they can accuse you of domestic violence.
I Know My Partner Won’t Want the Police Involved and Will Refuse to Press Charges. That Means I’m Clear, Right?
Wrong. Police can make an arrest and prosecutors can press charges in domestic violence cases without consent of the alleged victim. Even if you know your partner will stand up for you, you still need to speak with a Domestic Violence lawyer in Solona Beach as soon as you have been accused of domestic abuse.
The Victim Doesn’t Even Have Any Marks to Prove I Did Anything. Can I Really Be Arrested and Charged With Domestic Violence?
Yes. Aside from the fact that there are numerous ways to physically harm someone without leaving a mark, you can even be charged with domestic violence if someone says you emotionally abused them and threatened physical violence. Do not try to defend yourself against these charges by saying that you never even left a mark. Speak with your University City defense attorney before you say anything to the police.
Is It Possible to Beat Domestic Violence Accusations?
Yes. Like all criminal accusations, you are innocent until proven guilty and your chances of being found guilty are significantly smaller when you work with a top Domestic Violence defense lawyer in Solana Beach.
If you have been accused of domestic violence, or believe your partner may accuse you of the crime, please call (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation with Peter M. Liss.
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